Global biodiversity is estimated at 8.7 million species (Mora et al., 2011), which provide critical ecosystem services. However, biodiversity has declined approximately 30% in the past 40 years with a main driver being land use. (WWF, 2014)
How are we using the land?
Habitat loss is one of the primary factors cited toward diminishing biodiversity. Animals are losing the places where they live.
There is also concern over land use for the growing human population. Each of the 7 billion+ humans on Earth need a place to live. How are we going to balance the necessity to have crops, industry, and residence, amongst the multitude of other uses for land?
In factoring in our list of needs, it is the tendency of some to think that protecting wildlife and animals is somehow lower on the list of priorities. They think that we must first look after ourselves and then take care of nature if we can.
This approach forgets to factor in the fact that without a healthy biodiversity, life as we know it, is not possible. Our survival depends on the survival of a healthy biosphere.
Talk with your friends about what we can do to change our course. How must we change cities? How must we change buildings? How must we change our infrastructure? How must we change travel? How must we change the clothes we wear? This change will take the efforts of everyone. We must all come together to spark the fire of innovation.
Think outside the box and dream of ways to solve our biggest problems. Consider all of life is all you do. In this way, we will all be blessed!